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Saturday, 12 October 2013

I've had a few bargains....

Hi folks, hope all is well in blogland.  
I realise that I haven't posted any finds, so to put thing right here's a few.

Hubs didn't quite know what to make of this one ;o)

From memory I think it was £1.25.

Just this week I found this glorious double Welsh woollen blanket.

It just needed a careful wash.  In perfect condition. 
£3 - yes, £3.  Even I was amazed at the price!

This wasn't actually a bargain find, I won it at the Hedgehog Rescue fundraiser day last month, but thought you'd like to see it.

(Sorry about the reflection)
I also bought this little felted beauty home.

Isn't he delightful?
(It's making me want to try felting....)

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I've kept seeing a neglected old stone trough (full of weeds) outside the back entrance of one of our local businesses, and I finally plucked the courage to ask if they wanted to sell it.  The lady I asked got in touch with the owners and they asked if I'd like to 'make them an offer', if it was acceptable they'd donate it to the local Air ambulance.  I offered £20 which was accepted :o)

Dimensions 21.5" x 16.5" x 8" deep.

Even though it's seen a little life and had a crude repair I'm delighted with it, and am looking forward to finding it's 'forever home*' in the garden and planting it up.
(* It's just too flamin' heavy to keep moving around!)

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Hedgehog catch-up

During the week I cleaned out the four hog boxes in the garden to ready them for any over-Wintering visitors.  Box 2 appeared to be empty when I started removing the hay, but nestled up a corner was a hog :o)  I took him out to weigh and mark him and was amazed to find he weighed 850 grammes - wot a whoppa!  (At this time of year hedgehogs need to be a minimum of 600 grammes to safely hibernate through the Winter months.)  I didn't have the camera handy, so sorry there's no pictures of him.  Though because of it's weight I'm pretty sure it's either  Otto or Archie as they were both huge.  He's now sporting an 'X' on his head and christened X-man.

Over the last few weeks there's been less and less spiky visitors to the garden, which I'm finding a little worrying as these dear little creatures should be fattening up.  I'm just hoping they've found another good food supply somewhere.  I shall still continue to leave a good supply of crushed peanuts, sunflower hearts, sultanas and dried mealworm out for them.  (Whole peanuts would lodge in their mouths and could choke them or prevent them from eating.)  I have tried over the years leaving both wet and dried cat food out but it's ignored in favour of the mealworm.

Mmmm!  Mealworms!

Best wishes to all

x x


Marilyn said...

I'd love to have a stone trough in my garden! Next spring I would like to try and make a hypertufa substitute. Also, the picture you won is perfect for you. And, as for those mealworms?! They are the ugliest little wigglers. My step-grandson had to put them on the fish hook because my daughter and I just could not touch them when we took him fishing this past summer. Hope things are going well for you with family, too.♥♫

Wendy said...

You have some interesting bargains there. I love the little felted hog!
I really hope it isn't bad news about the hedgehogs and that they're all well & feeding up (somewhere) for winter.

rusty duck said...

I do love the reward sign!!!
And your beautiful stone trough.
Great finds Rose.

Kathy Moreland said...

You've found some nice items! Like the picture you won. Great trough. You'll have fun with it!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Glad to see a post from you! Love the garden trough, what are you going to fill it with in your pretty garden?
That Welsh quilt is really pretty, great find.

Kim said...

Dear little hoggies - I love them! Love the picture and your felted hog too! Keep up the good work!

Snowbird said...

You have some wonderful finds there. The missing hubby and cat made me laugh, and I LOVE the woolen blanket....but the old stone trough is the outright winner for me. It's gorgeous, I've been on the hunt for one for ages so really jealous!!!! lol

So glad to hear your little hogs are well and being so well cared for. Maybe your missing hogs are having a practice hibernation, ours often go to sleep for a few days at this time of the year, and my Herbie hasn't moved for three days which would worry me but he did the same last year. Lovely post.xxxx

greenthumb said...

I really like the look of your trough, hope the little Hogs keep coming.